Mikel Arteta could make a number of changes to his Arsenal team to face RC Lens in the Champions League this evening with one of those coming in goal. Aaron Ramsdale began the season as the clear No.1 choice but he was dropped for the Premier League clash against Everton in September for David Raya who has since kept his place.
Since the change in between the sticks, Raya started the group stage opener against PSV and league fixtures against Tottenham and Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Ramsdale was given the nod in the Carabao Cup victory over Brentford last week with his performance placing him in good stead for a recall down the line.
In the weeks following Arteta's decision, Ramsdale began being linked with both Bayern Munich and Chelsea with many expecting him to depart in the January transfer window if he does not regain his spot. Raya starting the Champions League game two weeks ago certainly suggests he will again be playing in France on Tuesday.
However, RC Lens are arguably the weakest team in Arsenal's group and therefore the chance of wholesale changes, which would include Ramsdale coming in, is a serious possibility. The 28-year-old, who arrived on a season-long loan from Brentford in the summer with all parties expecting it to be made permanent in 2024, has kept three clean sheets since coming into the team and will be hoping for another one this evening.
Pundits have questioned Arteta's decision to acquire another quality goalkeeper, however he recently defended his choice with a frank Liverpool and Barcelona point. «Since I was 13 years old. One in Anteguoko and one in Barcelona,» he replied when asked if he had experienced a goalkeeper situation like this before. «My two goalkeepers at Barcelona were Victor ValdesRead on football.london